The implementation of an electronic visa (e-visa) system will help revive the tourism industry in the country, Minister of Information and Minster of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said on Wednesday. Sheikh Salman, who also heads the Higher Committee for Tourism, said that work is underway to complete the legal procedures needed to form a special authority dealing with the tourism sector in Kuwait.
Moreover, he described this new body as a launchpad to increased employment opportunities for youth, which would in turn, diversify the nation’s revenue pool. In efforts to usher in a potential tourism boom, the Minister of Information revealed that a number of contracts have been signed to build three new airports in the country, efforts he described as an earnest desire for growth in the tourism industry.
He also noted that Kuwait possesses all the tools needed for a robust tourism sector, calling for increased measures to lure more investments in tourism. Earlier, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman on Tuesday chaired a meeting by the consultative committee on the celebrations of Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture 2016.
The meeting reviewed the preparations for the closing ceremony of the celebrations, due on Dec 22, and the plan to launch Kuwait fund for cultural development. Sheikh Salman discussed with the chairperson of the committee Sheikha Altaf Al-Salem Al-Sabah, and the committee members the agenda of cultural events, including the recital to mark the birthday of the Prophet (PBUH), slated for December 11. On her part, Sheikha Altaf updated the meeting on the preparations for the religious recital and the closing ceremony of the celebrations marking Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture.
She also briefed the meeting on the plan to launch Kuwait fund for cultural development, conceived by Dr Mashael Al-Hajeri, professor of law at Kuwait University, who attended the meeting. Dr Al-Hajeri said the idea to launch such a fund originated from the instructions of Sheikh Salman to lay out a vision for investing in culture and partnering the private sector in cultural development.
The Third Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers, held by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in Doha, on Dec 29-31, 2001, adopted a resolution on an annual program of the capitals of Islamic culture and invited the OIC Member States to nominate cities of which ISESCO shall select three capitals of Islamic culture, representing the Arab, Asian and African regions.
The ISESCO program of Islamic culture capitals for 2016 designated the cities of Kuwait for the Arab Region, Male (Republic of Maldives) for the Asian Region, and Freetown (Republic of Sierra Leone) for the African Region.